Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita Recipe

Growing up, my family spent many a summer in Forte dei Marmi, an adorable beach town in Tuscany (we’re Italian). My favorite part of each afternoon was when I was allowed to go to the restaurant of our beach club and order myself a granita which is essentially a fancy snow cone. I’d change it up day to day between fragola (strawberry), limone (lemon), and mentha (mint).

I still dream of those granitas and was so excited when my dad’s wife made a version of them a few weeks ago at a BBQ. I hosted a summer dinner party last weekend and made these watermelon granitas which were the perfect palate cleanser after a heavy meal of burgers and hot dogs.

It wasn’t quite the same as being on the beach in Italy but hey, it was pretty close!

Side note: I had a brain wave after we ate them that these would also be amazing spiked with a little vodka or gin. If you try that, let me know how it goes! Recipe below.

Watermelon Shaved Ice

Servings: 6

(Note, you need 2 hours for this to be made correctly so plan ahead!)

– 4 cups of cubed watermelon
– 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
– 2 tblspns fresh lime juice

– Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth
– Pour into a large baking pan (mine was 9x9x2)
– Place pan with purée in freezer for one hour (set an alarm)
– Stir/mash up with a fork to get rid of frozen layer on top
– Cover and freeze again for 30 minutes (set an alarm)
– Stir/mash one last time
– Cover and freeze for 30 more minutes (set an alarm)
– Spoon out into bowls and garnish with lime or mint
– Enjoy!

Watermelon Granita

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  1. Paola Blanc said:

    Delicious, when I was younger I spent many summer in Focette, between Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, I love Versilia

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  2. Micaela English said:


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  3. ThinkNorth said:

    Does it keep in the freezer or do you have to eat it at the 2 hour mark?

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    • TAF said:

      I was curious about the same thing

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  4. Allie Harris said:

    Looks delicious! I will have to try it!

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  5. Alyssa Thomas said:

    This looks so good. I probably couldn’t stop eating it though!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  6. Casey Sharbaugh said:

    I LOVE watermelon, so I’ll definitely be trying this. Spiked, natch 😉


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  7. Elimar Perez said:

    Looks delicious !

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  8. Meghana Pathapati said:

    love the recipe! looks so darn good !
    watermelons for life!


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